Health Recovery & Wellbeing
In this section of the directory, you can find a range of services for health issues including:
- Blindness & Partially Sighted
- Cancer Support
- Deafness & Hearing Problems
- Diabetes Support
- Domestic Abuse
- Health Nutrition & Exercise
- Quitting Smoking
- Sex and Relationships
- Speech and Language
Recovery in Mind - free courses supporting anyone with mental health challenges in West Berkshire.
Free Advocacy in West Berkshire is available to you if you are an older person, a carer, a person with a disability or a mental health illness.
The service will help you to:
- access information and services
- be involved in decisions
- explore choices and options
- defend and promote your rights
- speak out about issues that matter to you and have your voice heard.
How to look after your mental health - top tips plus information guides and advice. Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions.
The Mental Health Foundation also incorporates the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.
Moodzone - tips and advice from NHS Choices to boost mental health
Guidance and advice to help you prepare for an assessment.
Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life - this information, which includes videos, guides and interactive tools, is provided by NHS Choices Moodzone.
Mencap - The voice of learning disability
Compass Recovery College in Reading providing free courses that aim to promote good Mental Health and improve personal wellbeing.
Useful Contacts for Health & Wellbeing
Is Your Alcohol Consumption Healthy: Be Drink Aware using the Change4life advice. Use the 'Morning After' calculator A rough guide to help you stay safe to drive. Domestic Abuse West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Services Confidential service for clients to rediscover freedom of choice and self esteem.…
A Healthy Lifestyle
The Family Information Service has sourced websites offering information and advice on creating a healthy life style for you and your family. NHS Live Well The NHS Choices website has lots of information on healthy eating, recipes and lots more... BBC Good Food Your favourite…
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child's circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most…
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person's social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be…
'Couch to 5K helped me lose weight'
Andy Stevenson was looking for an exercise plan to lose weight and get fit that would work around his busy schedule. He found that the NHS Couch to 5K ticked all the boxes. Andy's once-a-week bike rides were not enough to keep the weight off. When he…
Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively - more than the lower-risk limits of alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption is measured in units. A unit of alcohol is 10ml of pure alcohol, which is about: half a pint of normal-strength lager a single measure (25ml) of spirits A small glass (125ml) of wine…
Addiction is a strong, uncontrollable need to take drugs, drink alcohol or carry out a particular activity, such as gambling. It becomes the most important thing in your life and leads to problems at home, work and school. There's no single reason why addictions develop. Some…
Bladder stones are hard lumps of minerals that can form inside the bladder when it's not completely empty of urine. They may not cause any symptoms if they're small enough to be passed out of the bladder when you pee. However, most people with bladder stones…
An allergy is a reaction the body has to a particular food or substance. Allergies are very common. They're thought to affect more than one in four people in the UK at some point in their lives. They are particularly common in children. Some allergies go away…
Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to a trigger such as an allergy. It's also known as anaphylactic shock. This page covers: Symptoms What to do Triggers Prevention Symptoms of anaphylaxis Anaphylaxis usually develops suddenly and gets worse very quickly. The symptoms include: feeling lightheaded or…
Binge eating disorder
Binge eating disorder involves regularly eating large portions of food all at once until you feel uncomfortably full, and then often upset or guilty. Binges are often planned in advance and the person may buy "special" binge foods. Men and women of any age can…
Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another. People with bipolar disorder have periods or episodes of: depression - feeling very low and lethargic mania - feeling very high and overactive (less severe mania is known…
Amblyopia (lazy eye)
A "lazy eye" (amblyopia) is a childhood condition where the vision doesn't develop properly. It happens because one or both eyes are unable to build a strong link to the brain. It usually only affects one eye, and means that the child can see less…
Anorexia is an eating disorder and serious mental health condition. People who have anorexia try to keep their weight as low as possible by not eating enough food or exercising too much, or both. This can make them very ill because they start to starve.…
Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties. It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also appear for the first time in adults. There's currently no cure for asthma, but there are simple treatments that…